I have been literally “singing the praises” of wildlife for over 30 years. I became fascinated with frogs and toads as a child growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, and I went on to graduate with a degree in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1991.
Music was always a huge part of who I am too. I started on saxophone and picked up guitar and songwriting in high school. I led a few bands that did pretty well but never made it “big time.”
Soon after college, I got a job aboard an 80-foot sailboat that took kids on field trips to teach them about marine ecology. Every cruise featured some time where I’d play some sea shanties and songs about nature. I was hooked! Putting science together with music was the combo that allowed me to go “big time.”
I moved to Austin, Texas, in 1993 and was the first education director at what is now called the Austin Zoo, and back then was Good Day Ranch. I further honed my skills there and, in 1994, I started my own business doing on-site presentations for schools, festivals, libraries and anyone that’d have me.
Since then, millions of kids have seen my live performances and untold more have enjoyed my music, videos, and books. I love what I do and am so grateful to have made a career creating, inspiring, learning, and teaching.
If you love nature, we’re going to be friends.